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A solider, and father’s, homecoming in Berlin


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 31, 2019) Last Wednesday started like any other for 14-year-old Berlin resident Madilynn Diehl, until she got an unexpected visit in the cafeteria from what she thought was the Stephen Decatur Middle School “Bulldog” mascot during her lunch period. “I was like, ‘why is he coming in here?’” Madilynn… Read more »

Assessments surge in latest OPA budget draft

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 31, 2019) Although the proposed fiscal year 2020 Ocean Pines budget released on Jan. 4 did not include an assessment increase, the more recent “recommended” budget published on Friday did include one and, if it survives, would represent the second-largest in association history. The $127 increase to the $951 basic… Read more »

Steen on Pines Country Club: ‘tear it down’


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 24, 2019) Ocean Pines Builder Marvin Steen volunteered a renovation estimate for the Ocean Pines Country Club last week, but after a tour of the structure last Thursday, he is seeing things differently. He attended a public budget hearing last Wednesday and, during a special board meeting that night, several… Read more »

Showing ‘African-American Life in Another View’


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 24, 2019) Visitors to the Germantown Community Heritage Center next month will be greeted by local faces from the past — many familiar — in dozens of black and white photos taken between the mid-1800s and the middle of the last century. They will see schoolteachers in front of familiar… Read more »

Shutdown has impact on local food pantries


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 24, 2019) As the debate on the partial government shutdown continues in Washington, one unintended consequence is that local food banks and pantries are increasingly in need of new supplies to meet the rising demands of those currently suffering from food insecurity. Food insecurity is the state of being without… Read more »

BFP committee wants more info on study


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 24, 2019) While the Berlin Town Council last week said it needed more information before it decides whether to authorize a $20,000 YMCA feasibility study, the Berlin Falls Park Committee, which endorsed the study in November, also said its members had lingering questions. For one, committee Vice Chairman Jack Orris… Read more »

Oyster roast sellout leaves some shell shocked


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 17, 2019) The Snow Hill Chamber of Commerce last week took steps to smooth over relations with area residents who were upset with how ticket sales for the 9th annual Snow Hill Oyster Roast, scheduled Feb. 24, were handled. Tickets for the event, $45 and each year limited to 450,… Read more »

Berlin Town Council delays YMCA decision


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 17, 2019) The Berlin Town Council on Monday put off a decision on whether to spend $20,000 on a YMCA feasibility study, citing the need for more information. The Berlin Falls Park Committee in November voted unanimously to endorse the study, although some members at the time expressed some anxiousness… Read more »

OPA sends police, country club projects to bid


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 17, 2019) In a trio of unanimous votes, the Ocean Pines Board on Tuesday agreed to expedite plans to expand the community police station, while also further complicating a convoluted situation at the golf and country club. For the police station, Director Frank Daly proposed directing General Manager John Bailey… Read more »

Latest budget draft shows assessment hike


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 17, 2019) General Manager John Bailey on Saturday introduced a proposed fiscal 2020 budget that would raise the basic annual assessment $31, or about 3.3 percent, to $982. Last Monday, Bailey proposed a budget that would have kept assessments flat, but that was changed after three days of public hearings… Read more »